spotlight Today In History, April 6: NCAA Championship Apr 6, 2019 Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Today is Saturday, April 6.Today's Highlight in History: 2009: NCAA Championship Ten years ago: North Carolina won the NCAA championship, ending Michigan State's inspirational run with a 89-72 rout. AP 1830: Joseph Smith On April 6, 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was organized by Joseph Smith in Fayette, New York. AP 1862: Battle Of Shiloh In 1862, the Civil War Battle of Shiloh began in Tennessee as Confederate forces launched a surprise attack against Union troops, who beat back the Confederates the next day. AP 1896: Olympic Games In 1896, the first modern Olympic games formally opened in Athens, Greece. AP 1917: World War I In 1917, the United States entered World War I as the House joined the Senate in approving a declaration of war against Germany that was then signed by President Woodrow Wilson. AP 1945: Yamato In 1945, during World War II, the Japanese warship Yamato and nine other vessels sailed on a suicide mission to attack the U.S. fleet off Okinawa; the fleet was intercepted the next day. AP 1954: Joseph McCarthy In 1954, Sen. Joseph R. McCarthy, R-Wis., responding to CBS newsman Edward R. Murrow's broadside against him on "See It Now," said in remarks filmed for the program that Murrow had, in the past, "engaged in propaganda for Communist causes." AP 1971: Igor Stravinsky In 1971, Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky, 88, died in New York City. AP 1973: Ron Blomberg In 1973, Ron Blomberg of the New York Yankees became Major League Baseball's first designated hitter as he faced pitcher Luis Tiant of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway. (Blomberg was walked with the bases loaded; Boston won the game, 15-5.) AP 1994: Harry A. Blackmun In 1994, Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun announced his retirement after 24 years. AP 1998: Tammy Wynette In 1998, country singer Tammy Wynette died at her Nashville home at age 55. AP 2009: Barack Obama Ten years ago: President Barack Obama paid tribute to the memory of modern Turkey's founding father, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, during a visit to Ankara; delivering a speech to the Turkish Parliament, Obama declared the U.S. "is not and never will be at war with Islam." AP 2009: Basketball Hall of Fame Ten years ago: Michael Jordan, along with former Dream Team teammates David Robinson and John Stockton, were elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame; Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and Rutgers women's coach C. Vivian Stringer were also part of a class. AP 2014: Chuck Hagel Five years ago: U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel delivered a two-pronged warning to Asia Pacific nations, announcing in Tokyo that the U.S. would send two additional ballistic missile destroyers to Japan to counter the North Korean threat, and saying China had better respect its neighbors. AP 2014: Mickey Rooney Five years ago: Legendary Hollywood actor Mickey Rooney, 93, died in North Hollywood. AP 2018: Backpage.com One year ago: Federal law enforcement authorities seized online classified site Backpage.com and its affiliated websites known for listing adult escort services. AP 2018: Blake Farenthold One year ago: Texas Republican congressman Blake Farenthold abruptly resigned, four months after announcing he wouldn't seek re-election amid sexual harassment allegations. AP 2018: Daniel Akaka One year ago: Former Democratic Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii died in Honolulu at the age of 93. AP 2018: Palestinians Israel One year ago: Thousands of Palestinians protested along Gaza's sealed border with Israel; Israeli troops opened fire from across the border, and Gaza health officials said at least nine Palestinians were killed. AP 2018: Park Geun-hye One year ago: A South Korean court sentenced former President Park Geun-hye to 24 years in prison on charges including bribery and extortion stemming from a corruption scandal that removed her from office a year earlier. AP Tags Wire Timegoggles Sweeps Facebook Twitter SMS Email Print Save Recommended promotion spotlight What kind of craft beer are you? A pilsner? A lager? Or something more stout, like a . . . stout? promotion spotlight Who said it: Belichick or Churchill? The Patriots are headed to yet another Super Bowl, which made us wonder how the coach known for his straight-to-the-point comments would compare with the no-nonsense leader who rallied the British during World War II. More Latest Local Offers Grizzly Lawn Care and Landscape The grass is always greener on your side... with Grizzly Lawn Care's irrigation systems! Nancy Serba - Gold Wellness Advocate doTERRA Be more proactive in your healthcare & learn how to help yourself and your family with natural options!